Dear Roger and Sandy,
I just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for all the help and encouragement that you gave me in my preparation for both of my shows. Between you and Steve Wade, I could never tell you how much you have helped me. I learned so much about my body and how it responds to different foods and supplements. It is so exciting because with this knowledge that I have gained at such an early age, I will be able to approach shows that I will do in the future with a much more confident attitude.
I also wanted to thank you for accepting my article to put in the future issue of the No-Nonsense Magazine. I had so much fun writing the article and I am just thrilled that others will be able to share in that fun and excitement when they read it. I already can't wait to go through all the dieting and work to compete again. However, I think I am going to take a couple of years off and work on putting more mass on (I'd like to compete in the light-heavies next time) and work on overall muscle maturity and development.
– Freddy Mullins
It all started for me about 2 years ago when I first met Steve Wade. I was training at World Gym in Lexington and Steve had recently begun training clients there. Steve was preparing for a stretch of several teenage shows at the time, and I remember being extremely impressed with the condition that he achieved for these shows. I couldn't believe some of the changes he had made to his physique in the time he was dieting.
I approached Steve one day and discussed what it took to become a successful bodybuilder. He told me briefly about how it was important to have well developed muscles and a symmetrical appearance. However, when he began to talk about dieting I quickly learned that the diet indeed would be the biggest key to success. He told me right from the start that Roger and Sandy Riedinger and Beverly International products were the secret to his success. The more we talked, the more I was intrigued on how they had mapped out every single detail in order for him to achieve his condition.
After I told Steve of my desire to do the Mr. Teen Kentucky in the future, he told me that whenever I was ready to give him a call and he would introduce me to Roger and Sandy. I gratefully accepted and thanked him.
Skip ahead to two years of hard training and good nutrition. I had developed my physique to where I felt it was ready for competition. I gave Steve a call in early January of 1998 and we started talking about my competitive plans, training and current diet. The next week he brought me the Beverly International Newsletter to look through and see some of Roger and Sandy's current clients. I was amazed that each and every one was in phenomenal condition! I had already seen the incredible results Steve had gotten and seeing the pictures of the other clients was merely icing on the cake for me.
I initially decided to do the Teen Kentucky but also decided to enter the Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix that was two weeks prior to the Kentucky. I started cleaning up my diet, which at the time consisted of high protein, high carbs (massive amounts of starchy carbs) and low fat. I started my diet at about 204 pounds and my body fat was around 9%.
Steve and I went to see Roger and Sandy first in mid May. I weighed in at 196 and Sandy measured me at 7.9% bodyfat. After Roger learned what my bodyfat was, he said, "you sure look fatter than that�I would have guessed between 10-12%!" Ouch! It was true though; I did look fatter than 7.9%. Roger mapped out a plan for me to start using at 16 weeks out from the Kentucky and suggested to me that I should use some Ultra 40 and Muscle Provider. I took both and was on my way.
I was back to see Roger and Sandy in late July and I was 191 pounds and 7% bodyfat. I had been able to keep my calories high so far in the diet. After they switched me to a low carb, higher fat diet, I shed some water weight and looked tighter. At this point I began taking Mass Amino tablets which I really liked. They helped me get extra protein and helped with muscle repair after workouts while I was on a restricted calorie diet. The big diet change that was made this time was taking my one serving of oatmeal (the only starchy carb that I had remaining) and replacing it with half of a grapefruit. Boom! In three weeks I weighed in at 187 with 5.9% bodyfat! I still had not added cardio or started any thermogenics so I was thrilled! I had tightened up even more and was happy with my progress. Roger said not to change anything at this point because things were going well.
I came back for my final visit before the Mid-Atlantic thinking that I was going to maybe add a little cardio and some more supplements. Wrong! When I weighed in, I discovered my body had halted its progress and was going to need a good kick to get me in tight contest shape for the MAGP. Roger cut two meals (from 7 to 5), started me on cardio, Energy Reserve, switched me from Mass Aminos to Density, and put in EPH 833. I had two weeks to make some real changes and that's just what happened. My body responded great to the changes and improved day by day.
I cut water and everything really started coming together. On the day of the show, I felt and looked good as I won the overall teenage title. After two more weeks of dieting, training, and a couple of phone calls to Roger I was standing on stage in Erlanger, Kentucky - the new Kentucky Teenage Champion. I had achieved the goal I set in January of 1998.
All the Beverly International products I use are fantastic but my personal favorites are Muscle Provider and Ultra- 40. Muscle Provider truly amazed me in that I used it continuously up to the day of the show and it didn't interfere with the water management a bit! Ultra-40 liver tablets are easy to take for granted but when I ran out for just one morning and afternoon I felt completely drained. The liver tablets are an excellent source of B-vitamins and specifically B-12 which is an excellent natural energy booster. Anyone who has been in the final weeks of dieting knows how important energy is!
In conclusion, I would like to thank a few people for helping make my first bodybuilding experience educational, fun and successful. First of all my good friend Steve Wade for all his hours of helping me pose and working with my diet. His personal knowledge and help as well as introducing me to Roger and Sandy were very important. Roger and Sandy, who are instrumental in helping bodybuilders with diets and promoting bodybuilding in our region, thanks a lot! I would also like to thank Timmy and Vicky Shannon for their help, my family (especially Mom, who was unbelievably supportive and helpful) and all my friends that supported me.
Diet at 6 weeks out:
Meal #1: ½ grapefruit, 1 can tuna, 6 egg whites
Meal #2: 8 oz. lean ground beef, ½ grapefruit,
and 1.5-cup veggies
Meal #3: Protein shake consisting of 2 scoops Muscle Provider,
1 scoop Instant Egg, 1 TBS Flax Seed Oil,
1 TBS heavy whipping cream, 1 whole egg
Meal #4: 8 oz. turkey or chicken, 1 TBS Flax, 1.5 cups veggies